12 years a slave

It is. It really is a very special kind of film. I suppose, having seen Hunger and Shame, I knew it would be, but the force and detail of it still comes across as a kind of shock. Steve McQueen (that’s the cuddly black bear of an intellectual, not the white actor with the cold blue eyes) really is quite special, very thoughtful and intense, but without the extravert shoutiness that some directors favour. Everybody involved in the film talks about it seriously, as something that required total effort and concentration, and the result shows on the screen. Sometimes it’s painful and appaling, but it’s always totally watchable, superbly acted and brilliantly filmed.